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COVID In Colorado: Hospitalizations, Positivity Rate Trend Down

DENVER (CBS4) - The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Colorado continues to decrease. Hospitalizations in the state peaked in early December.

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On Monday, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 1,466 confirmed COVID-19 patients in hospitals, a decrease of 47 from Sunday. Across the state, 1 in 4 hospitals or facilities anticipate a staff shortage within the next week.

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The 7-day average positivity rate dropped below 10% on Monday. The World Health Organization recommends a positivity rate of 5% or lower for at least two weeks before local governments begin reopening.

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CDPHE reported an increase of 74 deaths due to COVID-19. Newly-reported deaths do not all happen on the same day or even the same week, but can be counted among several weeks in the past. This is due to a delay in reporting by medical certifiers and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDPHE updates COVID-19 data daily at

COVID-19 Data as of 4 p.m. Monday: 


  • 45,706 tests conducted on Dec. 13 with 9.67% positivity rate (7-day moving average)

Hospital Data:

  • 1,466 Patients currently hospitalized, 90% of facilities reporting (-47)
  • 119 Patients under investigation for probable cases, not lab confirmed (+22)
  • 171 Patients discharged/transferred in past 24 hours (+29)
  • 25% Facilities anticipating staff shortages within next week (-3%)
  • 1% Facilities anticipating PPE shortages within next week (+0%)
  • 9% Facilities anticipating ICU bed shortages within next week (+0%)
  • 48% Critical care ventilators in use (-1%)
  • 73% of ICU Beds in use (479 available)

Case Summary (since pandemic began):

  • 288,193 cases (+2,911)
  • 16,174 hospitalized (+48)
  • 1,968,881 tested (+13,275)
  • 3,809,889 test encounters (+36,588)
  • 3,969 deaths among cases (+11)
  • 3,086 deaths due to COVID-19 (+74)
  • 2,631 outbreaks (+17)
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